Our families journey into re-selling metals began about 5 years ago when we started renovating the first of three homes.
The first home we bought required removing lots of demolition mess and garbage out of the home. In total it took 4 very large dumpsters to empty the home of junk and construction mess.
As we were in the process of demolition we often had one dumpster filled and would have to start a pile for garbage at the top of the driveway till the full dumpster was picked up and a new one delivered.
A few times we went outside with a new load to place at the top of the driveway and would notice that several items we had placed outside earlier were missing.
Finally dying of curiosity over the case of the missing garbage, I camped out beside a window that had a great view of the garbage pile.
Pretty soon, a pick up truck came slowly down the alley and stopped in front of our home. The driver got out and started picking through the pile.
He picked out a few metal objects and then ran back to his truck and took off down the alley.
I told my husband about it later, but both of us were clueless as to why he would want it.
Driven by my curiosity I started asking others, why a person would go down back alleys taking metal out of garbage piles, and eventually I found a man who gave me the answer.
Metal recycling. The man told me he often picked up discarded metal objects from back alleys to make a bit of money.
When we started house 2, I convinced my husband to keep all metal objects that we took out during demolition and place them in one pile inside the home. We ended up having only 2 handfuls of copper pipe, and my husband highly doubted that it was going to be worth much but he decided to indulge my curiosity of this new found way to make cash off things we no longer need.
He went into the recycling center leaving me in the truck. He came out with a huge smile on his face and more than $50 his hands. He was hooked and so was I.
We are still learning what metal recycling centers will and will not take. For instance just a few months ago I learned that the aluminum cans my husbands cola comes in have recycling value. Now the value of these cans is not as high as copper but if you are going to visit the metal recycling center with other metals you might as well take as much as you can in one trip to insure your best return.
We have also recycled, kids broken bikes, broken down metal lawn furniture, busted metal down spouts and even our broken washing machine.
Have you ever made money recycling your no longer needed metal? Do you have any tips to add?